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What happens if I don't do anything for my RA?

Expert:   Linda Russell, MD, Hospital for Special Surgery »

Foregoing rheumatoid arthritis treatment is a mistake. Watch this to learn what will happen to your health and to your joints if you decide to leave your disease unchecked.

Transcript: Rheumatoid arthritis is a progressive, degenerative disease in which joint damage often occurs within the first TWO years of disease. And if you have gone UNdiagnosed for some time, progressive erosion of joint cartilage and bone may have started already. Going WITHOUT treatment often leaves people work disabled within 2 to 3 years of diagnosis, and as the disease progresses can lead to such painful joint destruction and deformity that complete loss of joint function is possible. So what can you do? Right away you want to explore your treatment options. That’s important. Starting medical therapy EARLY can prevent IRREPARABLE joint damage and ease the agonizing pain and stiffness that can develop with RA. More »

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